The next application due date is Thursday, september 15th, 2016, for the spring 2017 semester. Click here for the online application and information about the supplemental application materials.

The South Carolina Washington Semester Internship Program (WSP) gives students in universities and colleges across the state of South Carolina the opportunity to spend a semester working and taking classes in Washington DC, gaining valuable experience while earning academic credit toward their degrees.

In DC, Washington Semester Program Fellows get firsthand experience with the political process, obtaining skills that will help prepare them for careers in virtually any sphere.  In the past, Washington Semester Program Fellows have attended important events, such as the inauguration ceremonies, White House arrival ceremonies for visiting head of states, joint sessions of Congress, and arguments before the Supreme Court. Recent seminars have featured meetings with White House personnel, the Deputy Attorney General, cabinet secretaries, senior TV network correspondents, lobbyists, embassy officials and other national leaders.

But it's not all work...

Students meet interesting and influential people, establishing contacts for personal and professional networking.  Students also have time to tour the monuments, explore the museums, and experience the international flavor of the world's most powerful capital.

Key Dates & Application Details

Application Deadline for spring 2017 WSP:  Thursday, September 15th, 2016
Interview Applicants for spring 2017 WSP:  Saturday, September 24th, 2016
Orientation for spring 2017 WSP:  Sunday, September 25th,  2016

Application Deadline for fall 2017 WSP:  Friday, Februry 17th, 2017
Interview Applicants for fall 2017 WSP:  Saturday, February 25th, 2017
Orientation for fall 2017 WSP:  Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Wednesday, August 24th 1:00-1:45pm (HRH B110)
Tuesday, August 30th 9:00-9:45am (HRH B110)
Monday, September 12th 10:00-10:45am (HRH B110)

Program Eligibility

The WSP is a state-wide program available to qualified students attending the following South Carolina colleges and universities:

  1. Charleston Southern University    
  2. The Citadel
  3. Claflin University
  4. Clemson University
  5. Coastal Carolina University
  6. College of Charleston
  7. Francis Marion University
  8. Lander University
  9. South Carolina State
  10. University of South Carolina - Aiken
  11. University University of South Carolina- Columbia
  12. University of South Carolina - Upstate
  13. Wofford College
  14. Winthrop University